Landlord wants credit check? Client says "No way!"

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

I'd NEVER waive a credit check and in our area, many poorly qualified residents often use newbie real estate agents that they have told LIES to.....I ONLY hear "they will make GREAT tenants from real estate agents"   HOW DO THEY KNOW?


Original content by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl 0790808

Stack of hundredsWe're working with a young couple who are looking to rent a house. 

He's a seasonal worker - makes big money for 3 seasons, but winter is a bit slow - and, as a result, their credit score is low. They probably wouldn't qualify for a mortgage, but they've saved enough money to pre-pay a year's rent in cash. 

There are plenty of rentals in Union County to choose from, and we found them the perfect home. The landlord loved them, they agreed to the deal, and our clients pre-paid one full year's rent in cash. 

Then, two days before our clients were to move in to their new home, the landlord's agent called us. The landlord wants a credit report on the tenants. Normally, this is pretty standard, of course. But, when we explained the extenuating circumstances, the landlord insisted. 

Our clients refused. 

And the deal falls through. The landlord had a year's rent in cash and turned it down for a technicality. 

What do you think?


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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
I'm not certain that was a wise decision on the landlords part: a credit check versus a pre paid one year lease?
Jul 01, 2013 09:01 PM #1
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

How do they know indeed Wallace?  In Massachusetts they cannot pre-pay a year's rent.

Jul 01, 2013 09:02 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

No credit check, no rental property, it's really just that simple.  "They will make great tenants" is a stupid statement for an agent to make, they have no idea.

Jul 01, 2013 09:07 PM #3
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Nope, would not do it. Had one tenant that refused a background check. WHOA  that was one big red flag!

Jul 01, 2013 09:17 PM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I can understand the background check, not to sure about the credit check in this scenario.

Jul 01, 2013 09:37 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wallace, a toss up without more information! Cash is king most of the time! Enjoy your day!

Jul 01, 2013 09:39 PM #6
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Once in the house, what would be someone's motivation for paying a year in advance in cash?  That would raise my eyebrows!  And how can someone deny a credit search?  Does someone have to give permission to check their credit when applying for a rental?

Jul 02, 2013 10:38 PM #7
George Kando, New England Realty Group
New England Realty Group - Scarborough, ME
Southern Maine's Real Estate Team of Choice

Sometimes a background check is more or as important as the credit check. There are people who have great credit but no ethics when it comes to use of the property or more importantly abuse! It's important to check references , evictions, small claims court. You never know. Security deposits aren't always enough to cover thedamage these bad tenants can do.

Jul 03, 2013 01:59 AM #8
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